B. Ernest Hemingway, “Soldier’s Home”

Ernest Hemingway

The famous American author Ernest Hemingway was never in the military, but he served as a Red Cross driver in World War I.

The story: A classic “coming-home-from-war” story about a World War I veteran whose apathy and listlessness baffle those close to him. 

Characters: Krebs, a Marine veteran of World War I. His mother and father.

Themes: Post-war struggle, impact of war on families

Discussion Questions: 

  1. What happened to Krebs while at war that makes him so listless and uncommunicative now?
  2. What goes wrong when Krebs’ mother and father try to help him?
  3. At the end of the story, what are the prospects for Krebs’ happiness?

For further exploration, watch this film adaptation of “Soldier’s Home”:

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